In towns large and small there is a movement afoot that is transforming once moribund or faded business districts into thriving, vibrant hubs of commerce. The driving force behind this movement are passionate young entrepreneurs, visionaries that see building a business as a means to make a living, and as a way to transform a community.
Kingman, Arizona makes for an interesting case study, a glimpse of the future if you will. The historic business district has two main drags, Andy Devine Avenue, Route 66, and Beale Street. The renaissance that is sweeping through the district is only beginning to bleed over to the Andy Devine corridor that is still dominated by empty storefronts and old hotels that stand in mute testimony to better times. Beale Street is another story.
On this street, between First and Sixth Street, the transformation has been rather dramatic. Five years ago Beale Street was also lined with empty storefronts, thrift stores, and weed strewn vacant lots. Today empty storefronts are rare. Young entrepreneurs such as Jessica Deihl, owner of Savon Bath Treats, are staking their future on the districts renaissance and are leading the transformation.
Savon Bath Treats dominates the corner of Fifth and Beale Streets with its colorful facade adorned with a whimsical mural. A bench out front under the shade trees, and the delightful smells that emanate from the soap store and the coffee shop across the street, encourage people to simply savor the moment rather than rush life. Add an event such as Chillin on Beale that is held on the third Saturday evening of each month, March through October, and the corner becomes a microcosm of what the district is, and what it can become.
The west end of the district is also a place where the past, present, and future blend seamlessly. The Powerhouse Visitor Center that was built in 1907 houses an acclaimed Route 66 museum as well as the world’s only museum dedicated to the evolution of electric vehicles. Across the street a shaded park is dominated by a monstrous steam powered locomotive that was built in the 1920’s, a monument to the city’s railroad heritage. On the corner of First Street and Andy Devine Avenue is Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner, a colorful caricature of the classic diner that hides the authentic little restaurant that opened in 1939 as the Kimo Cafe. To the east is Dunton Motors, a one family owned dealership that dates to 1946 whose specialty today is classic cars.
In between the links to the past at the west end of the historic business district, and to the future at Savon Bath Treats there are an array of eclectic shops, wine bars, microbreweries, are galleries, a diverse array of restaurants, an historic theater undergoing restoration. and even a few Airbnb offerings. The diminutive historic business district in Kingman is a glimpse into the future, a future where young entrepreneurs such as Jessica Deihl are leading a movement that will be transforming communities large and small.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America
Located just one block north of Route 66 (Andy Devine Avenue) on the corner of Fifth and Beale Street is a quaint little shop, Savon Bath Treats, adorned with colorful and whimsical murals. It hearkens back to an earlier era but it is also a glimpse of the future.
There was a time not so long ago when the corner apothecary and soap shop was as much a part of the urban landscape as the candle maker and general store. The dawning of commercial soap manufacturing in the first decades of the 20th century doomed the local soap maker. Now, however, we have come full circle and the neighborhood soap shop is again a fixture in revitalized historic business districts.
There is a reawakening, a revival of traditional crafts and small business ownership that stands in stark contrast to the corporation dominated business culture of the past 80 years. Leading that renaissance are a new generation of entrepreneurs, people like Jessica Deihl, proprietor of Savon Bath Treats.
Linked with the success of stores like Savon Bath Treats, now with locations in Kingman as well as Lake Havasu City, is a growing understanding about the importance of eliminating exposure to chemicals and commercial detergents, primary components in commercial soaps. As an example, for decades simple pine tar soaps were recognized as an important part of maintaining good health. These soaps were even issued by the Army Corps of Engineers as a preventive measure against mosquito bites. It was also prescribed by physicians for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Bath bombs are a relatively new addition to the offerings at soap shops. To a degree their growing popularity is a reflection of a society in transition. A bath is no longer a process for cleaning after a day in the mines or bucking hay on the farm. Baths today are an opportunity to create a relaxing experience, and bath bombs can add a spa like experience to the tub.
As a bonus, depending on composition, a bath bomb can have health benefits. They can add emollients and softeners to your bath’s water that moisturize the skin. The fizzing of the bath bombs creates a relaxing atmosphere and a sense of indulgence. A key ingredient in most bath bombs is sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. Both of these ingredients clean skin pores, deodorize, and even strengthen blood vessels in the skin. Then there are the aroma therapy benefits.
Your one stop shop for bath bombs, natural soaps and shaving creams, and related products in Kingman is Savon Bath Treats. This charming little shop is also a cornerstone in the Kingman historic business district revival. A store where the past meets the future. Stop by today and see what you’ve been missing, and transform your bath into a healthful spa. And while you are in the neighborhood, may I suggest you try a fresh ground, fresh brewed cup of coffee, an award winning brew at one of the districts microbreweries, or some first rate barbecue.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America
The Rubber on the Duck: The rubber toys first appeared in the late 1800s, when manufacturers made use of Charles Goodyear’s (The tire guy) process for rendering rubber into malleable material. By the 1940s, rubber ducks developed into the iconic floating yellow figure with bright orange bill we recognize today. With a bit of flare and fashion big designers such as Danielle Couture began sprucing up those yellow ducks adding polka dots, pearls, and eyelashes on them to apeal to the adult market. Do you still rubber duck? I know I do.
I have a rather simple rule of thumb when it comes to the purchase of groceries; if the list of ingredients that sound like a high school chemistry class and that I can’t pronounce outnumber the actual food content, it won’t be added to the cart. Now, consider this, your skin is the largest organ in the human body. Skin absorption scientifically referred to as percutaneous, dermal is the transport of chemicals from the outer surface of into the skin cells, underlying fat cells, and into circulatory system. In a nut shell your skin absorbs what ever you put on it, and studies have indicated that shaving will speed the process of absorption.
So, using the food analogy, why would you apply triethanolamine, a common ingredient in shaving cream, to your skin? Recently some companies began reducing or removing this compound due to growing health concerns. A variety of international medical studies have shown that it can be an irritant that fosters development of rashes. There is also a carcinogenic connection, especially when used in conjunction with nitrosamines. Other studies have linked TEA to contact dermatitis and and various allergies.
The majority of commercially developed shaving creams consist of about 80 percent water while the rest of the ingredients are used to create a lather, to bind the lathering ingredients to the water, and to propel it out of the can. Another common chemical compound is propolene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze and brake fluid.
Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) are two more ingredients that are common in shaving cream. They do make a great lather but lauryl mimics estrogen, and as a result is considered a hormone disruptor, and laureth has recently been linked to a known carcinogen called dioxane. For moisturizing mineral oil is often used. Mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum (think gasoline). Mineral oil does lock in moisture but it can also block your pores.
Sodium laurel sulphate is another ingredient to be concerned about.
This is a common detergent chemical agent found in laundry and beauty soaps. Its most common use is as an engine degreaser and car wash soap. It’s highly abrasive, and as a result, can cause skin irritations or rashes. Even more disturbing, dependent on the the compounds it can react with other common ingredients to create a nitrate by-product, which is potentially carcinogenic.
At the risk of sounding a bit paranoid, we should also discuss triclosan, anther ingredient used in some shaving creams and other beauty products as an anti-bacterial agent. This is a proven hormone disruptor. So, just how bad is this chemical compound? Consider this, it takes a very long time for it to break down in water and numerous studies have found that it builds up creating a variety of harmful effects on fish and other aquatic wildlife.
So, what are other options? Consider all natural lathers and shaving creams such as those developed or sold by Savon Bath Treats in Kingman, Arizona.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America
The Christmas season is an ideal time to discover the charm of the historic
business district in Kingman, Arizona. It is also your one stop shop for finding unique gifts for that special someone. Hint: bath bombs and all natural soaps like those sold at Savon Bath Treats make great stocking stuffers.
The lights are glowing bright at night in Locomotive Park. The shops are decorated for the holidays. Restaurants and microbreweries are offering an array of seasonal specials. And on the afternoon of December 15, the district will be transformed into a vibrant holiday village. read more…
The countdown to Christmas is underway! Looking to find a special gift this year?
Have you considered getting bombed for this holidays? Have you given thought to helping your friends get bombed?
Did you know that bath bombs have aromatherapy benefits? Did you know the there are health benefits associated with some scents? Most bath bombs contain sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, two ingredients that combine to create the fizzing sensation that have contributed to bath bombs growing popularity. These primary ingredients also clean, deodorize, and contribute to the healing of dry skin as well as strengthen blood vessels. Many bath bomb also add emollients and softeners to your bath’s water that moisturize your skin. When used in the shower your won’t enjoy the moisturizing benefits but this is an ideal way to take advantage of their aromatherapy properties. read more…
Did you know that there is a difference between soap and detergent? Did you know
that soap can have health benefits? Did you know that soap can affect your disposition and mood?
Let’s start with definitions and clarifications. First detergent – any group of synthetic, organic, liquid or water soluble cleaning agents that, unlike soap, are not prepared using fats and oils, and are not inactivated by hard water. Now, soap – a substance used with water for washing and cleaning, made of a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali, and typically having perfume and coloring added. read more…
It is a small unassuming little shop. A whimsical mural on one side and
a welcoming bench out front shaded by a tree give it an inviting appearance that is enhanced by the alluring aromas that waft from the front door. This is Savon Bath Treats in Kingman, Arizona, a manifestation of the entrepreneurial spirit that is transforming the historic business district in this desert crossroads.
Located at the corner of Fifth and Beale Streets, just one block from the historical focal point for the district, the corner is a fitting place for a young entrepreneur to set up shop. The building appears to have been built in the late 19th century. In actuality it was built about 25-years ago to mimic the historic architecture in the district. At that time it was a natural products store. Seventy-five years before that it was a service station, one of the first in Kingman. You might say that the corner is located at the crossroads of the past and future. read more…
There is an infectious sense of excitement, a palpable vibrancy, in forlorn historic
business districts when a renaissance is unleashed. In Kingman, Arizona, known throughout the world for its association with Route 66, the historic business heart of the city withered and faded for more than three decades. Then, in the summer of 2014, the city hosted the Route 66 International Festival and the reawakening began.
The revival has yet to fully bleed over to the Route 66 corridor on Andy Devine Avenue, but Beale Street is thriving, it is fast becoming a destination for visitors, for locals, and for people from neighboring communities. Events such as Chilln on Beale, held on the third Saturday of each month, April through September, or First Friday mirror the excitement, the vibrancy that now permeates the district. read more…
The corner of Fifth and Beale Streets in the historic business district in
Kingman, Arizona is a fitting place for a business that represents the dawning of new era in the city and the reawakening of the American entrepreneurial spirit.
The southeast corner, now occupied by Beale Street Brews Coffee Roasting Company, was the location of the Star Motor Car dealership in the 1920’s. Today the opposite corner is the site of Savon Bath Treats. There is a commonality with both companies as they are manifestations of passionate owners pursuing a dream, a vision.
W. C. Durant (William Crapo) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 8, 1861, but spent his formative years in Flint, Michigan. Abandoning high school to work in his grandfathers lumberyard, and pick assorted odd jobs such as a salesman for a local cigar manufacturer, Durant was a hard worker. read more…